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The 2015 Golf Sportwagen may resemble the former Jetta Sportwagen, but it arrives as part of the seventh-generation Golf line, and Volkswagen says this is an all-new car. And it is, but the traditional station wagon now being taken over by the Golf nameplate does retain what people liked about the Jetta wagon, except true […]

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The Tesla Model S P85D can add another item to its long list of bragging rights. The regular Model S version of this all-electric luxury sedan was already the best car Consumer Reports had ever tested, earning an almost unheard of near-perfect score of 99 points. But the higher-performance P85D variant topped that, driving away […]

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Will hydrogen fuel cell vehicles be to their makers as the failed Edsel was once to Ford? Or, despite flak being piled on them from certain quarters, will they arise from a questionable proposition today to a clear win within 10-15 years, or less? No one really knows, but to be sure, FCVs do present […]

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You have Tesla, and you have everyone else either playing catch-up, or not playing at all. Since the Model S began defying odds in the marketplace from mid-2012 onward, Tesla has stood as a goad to large automakers and start-ups alike, and sure enough some are following it. A few of the majors are building […]

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Is the blistering acceleration for Tesla’s P85D and P90D being slightly over billed? Tesla says the Tesla P85D accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds, but Consumer Reports and Edmunds.com say under their careful testing, it turned 3.5 seconds. Does that mean the P90D might also be over-estimated, and return 3.2, not 2.8 seconds? That’s […]

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In the first year it was eligible for consideration, Tesla Motors “shot to the top” of Forbes’ list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies. The carmaker that seemingly avoids most traditional carmaker behaviors wasn’t selected because the Model S is so technologically advanced – though that certainly helped. Forbes’ explanation for what distinguishes Tesla from […]

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Buying a used hybrid comes with the same pros and cons as buying a used regular internal combustion-powered car, but – you might say – is that really true? Given that hybrids have two powertrains merged into one, theoretically there is “more to go wrong,” but in fact, many hybrids have proven to be as […]

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With an estimated 0-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds, Tesla’s 762-horsepower all-electric P90D is quick, “Ludicrous” quick, in fact. Ludicrous is what Tesla calls the next level beyond the all-wheel-drive P85D’s “Insane” speed mode for its latest upgrade to the dual-motor beast of an ostensible family sedan, but is it the quickest street car anyone […]

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Fuel economy for on-road vehicles is slowly on the rise, but for the five decades prior to the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo and federal regulations that followed, the average actually decreased. Perversely, efforts to improve vehicle mpg have come largely after threats forced automakers to change, and even then, the industry has focused more on […]

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk likes to do things differently, but ironically his latest demonstration of a seemingly futuristic robotic “snake” is a way to stick with tradition – wires and plugs – when others are going wireless. He is extremely busy however, and if he doesn’t know, he wouldn’t be the only one unaware that Momentum […]

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